Elsa Martinelli, 1957
Elsa Martinelli, 1957
Miss Lily Elsie made her name on the opening night of The Merry Widow, in London, on 8th June 1907. Overnight she had the town at her feet. On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile. Tall, cool, and lily-like, she moved with lyrical gestures in a slow-motion grace.
She was a true ‘star’ of Edwardian times, although the word was yet to be used in that context. Magazines produced special supplements about her, adverts featured her picture.
Although her fame and fortune came entirely from public appearances she was painfully shy. After just a few years on the stage she retired to a quite life away from the public eye. She did however leave us with hundreds of pictures, a few gramophone discs, and two films, to remember her by.
Read more: http://www.lily-elsie.com
Beatriz Costa, portuguese actress.
(born Beatriz da Conceição; 14 December 1907 in Mafra - 15 April 1996 in Lisbon)
The best-known film and theater musical actress of the golden age of Portuguese cinema, known as “the sweetheart of Lisbon”.
-A Aldeia da Roupa Branca, de Chianca de Garcia (1939).
-O Trevo de Quatro Folhas, de Chianca de Garcia (1936).
-A Canção de Lisboa, de José Cotinelli Telmo (1933).
-Minha Noite de Núpcias, de E. W. Emo (1931).
-Lisboa, de J. Leitão de Barros (1930).
-Fátima Milagrosa, de Rino Lupo (1928).
-O Diabo em Lisboa, de Rino Lupo (1926).
I’ve posted this photo before, but without this anecdote:
“I was born on March 27, 1899, under the sign of Aries. My maternal grandmother, who was in attendance, leaned down to my pale, exhausted mother and said, “She’s beautiful.” Then she turned to the doctor, and lowering her voice so that her daughter wouldn’t hear, asked, “But aren’t her ears awfully large?”
…The size of my ears, which had alarmed my grandmother Bertha Lew the day I was born, continued to worry my mother in the years to come. My big blue eyes were one thing; my big ears were something else. So for years, while all the other girls my age were wearing teeny tiny hair ribbons, my mother made giant silk bows and poufs for me to hide my ears.”
~Gloria Swanson in Swanson on Swanson: An Autobiography
(This book is a real page-turner and made me love Gloria to pieces, for her virtues and for her faults. :) This particular passage also made me hyper-aware of the fact that even grown-up famous actress Gloria Swanson wears an awful lot of large ornaments, ribbons and hairstyles that cover her ears!)
My Grandma reminded me of Swanson and lived kitty-corner to Sunset Boulevard.
this is the prettiest photo ever that serves my dear catherine the most justice. i. just. can’t. sapiofjhioehgerwgh
Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Bert Stern